It was an interesting first half with more clear goal scoring chances going Kaizer Chiefs’s way.
AmaZulu looked dangerous whenever they have the ball but Chiefs’ last line of defence has dealt with all the danger posed by the likes of Luvuyo Memela, Siphesihle Maduna and Bongi Ntuli.
Chiefs on the other side had few chances going forward with minimal options in the opponent’s box.
The first goal scoring opportunity came in the 20th minute as Khama Billiat displayed a defence-splitting pass.
He put Keagan Dolly on goal, but Veli Mothwa proved why he is always in the Bafana Bafana team, with a one hand save.
Four minutes later it was Usuthu who had an opportunity to open the scoring after Chiefs failed to clear their lines.
The ball fell on Sandile Khumalo’s path but Daniel Akpeyi collected from close range.
Again in the 35th minute Bernard Parker was put through but Mothwa stood between Chiefs and a goal again.
Five minutes later Mothwa raised his hand for the man of the match award as he denied Billiat from outside the box.
The Zimbabwean pounced on a clearance by Keagan Buchanan, with a full volley but the Bafana shotstopper parried the ball over the bar.
It remained goalless at the interval, thanks to Mothwa’s heroics in the first stanza.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 3rd minute of the second after Buchanan perfected a forward pass to put Memela on goal and the winger calmly finished.
The hosts started to boss the proceedings in terms of ball possession and threatening Chiefs defence.
AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy made some changes bringing on Thabo Qalinge, Xola Mlambo, Augustine Mulenga, Samkelo Mgwazela.
Mothwa kept the his side in the match with some great match winning saves, denying Dolly, Parker and Billiat.
In the last minute of the match Jelly Chavani pointed on the spot after Mulenga was judged to have handled the ball on the box.
Dolly took the responsibility and restored parity for Chiefs, with the last kick of the match.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter